SCRIPTURAL PRINCIPLES REGARDING DRESS AND APPEARANCE
1. A proper perspective of personhood - inward beauty is more important than outward beauty of appearance
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- I Peter 3:3-4
2. The avoidance of undue anxiety regarding dress and appearance
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, 0 ye of little faith?
- Matthew 6:28-30
3. Due care and respect for physical cleanliness and neatness
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
- Ecclesiastes 9:8
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry: her clothing is silk and purple.
- Proverbs 31:21-22
4. Modesty of dress - the avoidance of dressing in a manner to purposely impress others
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not manner to purposely impress others with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.
- I Timothy 2:9
5. Dressing fittingly for the occasion
But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
- Exodus 3:22
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
- Exodus 33:4
6. Distinctivenss between male and female dress and appearance
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD.